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Sean Harford writing in the special edition of the School Inspection Update published this week, has described how Inspections under the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) will focus on the real substance of education: the curriculum.
“We will be spending less time looking at test and examinations data on inspection, and more time looking at what is taught, when it is taught and how schools have achieved their results: ‘Why that, why then and what is the result?’
We want to make sure that good results come from teaching a broad, rich curriculum, not from narrowing and hothousing for tests. Ofsted grades will reflect the areas that matter most to parents and for educational effectiveness:
- quality of education
- behaviour and attitudes
- personal development
- leadership and management.”
The School Inspection Update focuses on the transition arrangements for section 5 inspections under the EIF, as well as applying the transition to section 8 inspections of good schools. It also includes articles on:
- The new Ofsted Parent View questions
- Outstanding primary schools
- Meetings with curriculum leaders
- Clarification on schools keeping books between different academic years
- The healthy school rating scheme
The full Update can be found: Ofsted School Inspection Update September 2019
The EIF can be found: Education Inspection Framework
The summer is time to catch your breath, having time to dream, wind down from the hectic summer term and slowly start to think about the year ahead. It’s also times like this that staff ask themselves: What difference do I make to the children I teach or support?
More importantly, the question should be: What difference can I make?
Dr Amir Khan GP (@DrAmirKhanGP) who is a regular contributor to BBC Breakfast News and ITV Calendar as well as appearing in lots of other TV shows, tweeted on Monday:
Saw a young boy today who said he wanted to be a Doctor but said people from “round here” don’t get to become doctors
I told him:
I grew up round the corner from here. Dad was a bus driver, Mum started as a cleaner and seamstress
If I can do it so can YOU – just work hard
This is what working in schools is all about – encouraging children to aspire and helping them get there. Working in a school whether as a teacher or in another role, makes a difference to children, with visible results. If you ask most potential teachers “why do you want to become a teacher?” They’ll mention the ability to make a real difference in children’s lives. Unlike other professions where you may work behind the scenes, staff in schools see the visible changes up front. There’s nothing quite like seeing the spark of understanding on a child’s face as a lesson “clicks” for them. Why do it? So that you can impact children from all walks of life, imparting lessons that will help shape the next generation and help them fulfil their dreams.
Unfortunately, rain has stopped play again
We have had to cancel the Country Dance Festival which was to have been held on Wednesday, 19 June 2019.
Looking forward to seeing you next year when hopefully the sun will be shining!
Deciding to become a teacher is one of the hardest decisions you will have to take as teaching is not right for everyone.Teaching can be very hard work and at times scary when you think about the responsibility you have in supporting the children you will teach. It can be a high-pressured career, with the continual media headlines, outlining stories of how difficult the classroom and school environment can be, so it is important to celebrate and share the rewards that come with role too.
“Teaching is an incredible job. It’s different every day and building those relationships with your class and helping the children to fulfil their potential, is an amazing privilege.” Schools Direct Student(more…)
The WGSP Pupil Premium Network met this week to share ideas and experiences of supporting pupil premium children by removing barriers to learning. The network consists of heads, deputies and pupil premium champions from WGSP schools and local secondary schools and a Gloucestershire LA performance adviser.
The success of the Pupil Premium Audit Toolwhich was produced by the network earlier in the year and rolled out across Gloucestershire schools was celebrated. Feedback showed that schools felt it was a very useful tool which asked key questions to help improve the management of pupil premium children. It was also felt that the tool would be useful for early years settings which could adapt it for their own use and which may help with transition of young children into school.
WGSP are delighted to announce that after many years of hard work by schools in the Forest, Lydney C of E Primary School has been designated as a Teaching School and will lead our alliance which will be known as:
The Forest of Dean Teaching School Alliance
WGSP will work very closely with the FoDTSA and will continue to provide high quality CPD but will now do so on behalf of our alliance.
This is the start of an exciting journey that will benefit the children and staff of the Forest of Dean and we look forward to the many opportunities that it will bring.